Wild Columbia County
Hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing in northwest Oregon’s hidden jewel
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Simple guides to Columbia County’s mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates
Stories from the field as we explore every last inch of the county
Soon after my exciting first visit to Liberty Hill, Matt went to take a look. He reported back to me that he had found skinks there. Skinks weren’t known to exist in Columbia County! I had to see this for myself. The meadows of Liberty Hill were as beautiful as they had been at firstContinue reading “What makes Liberty Hill special”
Layers of basalt from ancient lava flows helped form the hills of Columbia County. The basalt takes unique shape depending on how the lava cooled. With the Crown Zellerbach Trail being an old logging road, there are a few areas where the road cuts through the adjoining hillsides and exposes the geological past. I (Matt)Continue reading “Cool Geology along Crown Zellerbach Trail”
Some vistas capture you at first sight. Years ago I returned home to visit my parents after having spent time working abroad. They now lived in Yankton (I grew up in St. Helens proper), and my father mentioned that he had passed an interesting hill that might be worth a look. I had noticed theContinue reading “Stepping foot on Liberty Hill”
Do you ever see any frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards, or snakes? Take a picture and then check out our iNaturalist herpetology project to see how to help track records of these creatures!
There isn’t any spot of land I care about more than the Liberty Hill bluff. Visit the Friends of Liberty Hill website or their Facebook page to learn about this unique meadow and what we can do to preserve it from destruction.
Jonathan grew up in St. Helens and has family in Yankton and Rainier. Matt grew up in Warren and currently lives in Scappoose. Jonathan’s wife Rosey and daughters Chhaya (less so) and Sophia (more so) join them on some of their adventures.